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Just as with the girls draw, the boys state semifinals of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association basketball tournament will feature a lineup filled with heavyweights.

No team seeded lower than third has advanced to Comcast Center, where the 3A and 4A semifinals will be played on Thursday, with the 1A and 2A games to be played Friday. Saturday's marquee of championship games leads off with the 1A game going at 1 p.m., followed by the 3A game, then the 2A and 4A contests.

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In 1A, Snow Hill (25-0), by virtue of a 76-73 win last night over Pocomoke in the 1A East final delayed by a power outage over the weekend, advances to meet Dunbar (16-5) in one semifinal. The Eagles were the top seed in their region, while the Poets, thought to be in for a long season after they were blown out by New Town earlier in the year, got a No.3 seed in the North region, as well as a favorable draw, to return to the state semifinals.

The other side of the bracket will see Fort Hill (22-3), the top seed in the West sectional of the West region, meeting Surrattsville, which even with an 11-11 record, got the top seed in the South sectional of the South region.

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There's a 50-50 chance that an area team will play for the 2A title. Randallstown (22-3), the top seed in the North region will play Wicomico (20-3), the No.1 seed in the East region, while second seeded Winters Mill (19-6), the West champions, will face Gwynn Park (25-1), the top seed from the South region. Gwynn Park has beaten Randallstown already this season, with their lone loss coming in the Prince George's County championship game to Laurel.

Meanwhile, there will be a Baltimore area team in the 3A final, as two local teams occupy half the bracket and will play each other in one semifinal. That game pits area No.1 Lake Clifton (25-1), the top seed from the North region, against Long Reach (24-2), the top seed and champions of the East region. In the other semifinal, third seed Bethesda-Chevy Chase (18-7), the West winner, will face Largo (21-4), also a third seed, but from the South region.

Parkville (18-6), the top seed in the North region, is the lone area standard bearer in 4A, and will face Thomas Stone (23-2), the No.2 seed from the East in one semifinal Thursday. The aforementioned Laurel (22-2), the top seed in the South, meets Springbrook (23-2), the No.1 seed in the West.

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